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A comparison of delivery methods of cognitive-behavioral therapy for panic disorder: an internationa

09 Feb
In keeping with Australian enthusiasm for cyber-interventions in the mental health realm (must be all those wide open spaces between mental health centers), researchers at the University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia, compared 3 ways of delivering cognitive-behavioral therapy (the treatment of choice) to people suffering from panic disorder.

Building on previous research that found that a brief computer-augmented CBT was as effective as extended therapist-delivered CBT, this study randomly allocated 186 patients with panic disorder (PD) across 2 sites in Scotland and Australia, to 12 sessions of therapist-delivered CBT (CBT12); or 6 sessions of therapist-delivered (CBT6); or computer-augmented CBT (CBT6-CA); or a waitlist control.
On a composite measure, at posttreatment, the outcome for CBT 12 was statistically better than the outcome for CBT6. The outcome for CBT6-CA fell between CBT12 and CBT6, but could not be statistically distinguished from either treatment. The active treatments did not differ statistically at 6-month follow-up.
The study provides support for the use of computers as an innovative adjunctive-therapy tool which definitely merits further investigation.

Citation: Kenardy JA, Dow MG, Johnston DW, Newman MG, Thomson A, Taylor CB.A comparison of delivery methods of cognitive-behavioral therapy for panic disorder: an international multicenter trial. Journal of Consulting Clinical Psycholy. 2003 Dec;71 (6): pp. 1068-75. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Belleruth Naparstek

Psychotherapist, author and guided imagery pioneer Belleruth Naparstek is the creator of the popular Health Journeys guided imagery audio series. Her latest book on imagery and posttraumatic stress, Invisible Heroes: Survivors of Trauma and How They Heal (Bantam Dell), won the Spirituality & Health Top 50 Books Award